Here are 7 key steps for successful habit change and to maximize your results:
THE “HEAD-HEART-HANDS” APPROACH
When you are taking on new habits, make sure you exercise these three key areas:
MAKE A PRE-COMMITMENT
You are more likely to stick to your goals and habits if you make a psychological pre-commitment
A pre-commitment is like a 'mental leash' to make sure your present choices are in line with your future goals.
TAP INTO YOUR ‘FLOW’ STATE
Take on enough new habits so that you’re challenged beyond your ability, but not quite overwhelmed. This will put you in a zone known as “flow.”
REFRAME YOUR STRESS
Typically during a stressful experience, your heart rate goes up, your blood vessels constrict and you feel anxious.
If you view this response as if your body is preparing you for battle, your blood vessels stay relaxed and you will feel courageous.
As you tackle your new habits, be sure to work on reframing your stress.
TRACK YOUR PROGRESS AND CELEBRATE
Celebrating your little wins and your personal growth is crucial for keeping your motivation levels high.
Your brain will release dopamine when you consciously celebrate a victory.
INCLUDE INTENTIONAL REST TIMES
Schedule weekly times or days where you relax and take a mental and physical break from building your new habits.
And remember that being un-productive is great fuel for being productive.
Make slight adjustments to your habits — change the time, order, or location where you do your exercises.
But, only do this if you’re becoming stagnant and disengaged.
This infographic is based on "7 Proven Strategies to Make Your New Habits Stick"
by Thai Nguyen